In case you haven't noticed, summer is our favorite time of the year. The sun and sand, bikinis, breezy maxi dresses, and the smell of tanning oil create both a relaxing and invigorating vibe. There's no better time to plan little escapes to recharge those batteries but-- what to pack? Here we give you a peek at our summer essentials that all conveniently fit in our current favorite tote.
Mikka Padua, Commander-in-Chic
VANESSA, Purveyor of Beauty
Where am I going this summer?
Lazy long weekends at the beach and a trip to Tokyo with the hubby and kids.
What I am doing this summer?
Keeping track of my kids’ summer activities, staying hydrated and cool in this scorching heat, discovering new beauty finds.
Sun protection that virtually melts into your skin and can be shared by the whole family.
To help heal, clear, and revive my skin after sun exposure.
To fill our home with a fresh summer scent during these warm, humid days.
To keep my hair tousled with the beach kissed look all summer.
Exfoliation is a must before any tanning. This Spanish bath line is one my favorite finds for 2015. I love the gentle yet efficient scrubbing of this shower gel that has an added cooling factor as well.
6. LOUIS VUITTON Oversized Sunglasses
To protect my eyes from the glaring sun while giving a nod to my former PR stint Vuitton.
7. BIRKENSTOCK Papillo Gold Gizeh Sandals
My daily footwear of choice this summer. I searched high and low for a gold pair. I'm quite proud of my efforts -it goes with everything!
8. BRINGING UP BEBE Book
Something fun and easy to read to prepare me to be chill and calm for our upcoming Tokyo trip, without a nanny.
9. Pineapple Weekend Tote
For weekends of exploring and as a fun change from my yoga bag this summer.
Love that this is the same name as my daughter. It will be used for summer date night with the hubby … and perhaps lent to Stella for special play dates!
11. Parrot Pink Long Caftan
This is hands down my favorite style of all the STU staples. The bold pink and red is the perfect punch to refresh my summer wardrobe.
Where am I going this summer?
Planning on checking out Palawan. Yes… I’ve never been there.
What am I doing this summer ?
Top of mind? Getting a tan. I’m too white. I wasn’t able go to the beaches here in the Philippines last year, so that’s my goal this time
I never leave the house without a scarf, it’s a necessity for me. If it’s at the beach, I use it either as a mat to lie down on during the day, or as a cover up when it gets chilly at night. If it gets too sunny in the mornings, I use it to cover my face to prevent my forehead from getting burnt.
2. PEREIRA LACE UP CAFTAN
A colorful and fashion worthy cover up is a must for me to hide my, uhm, curves.
3. TURQUOISE & GOLD STATEMENT EARRINGS + Bangles
In case I need to spruce up a beach outfit for a night out.
As advised by our beauty purveyor, The Vain Mama, I’m using Bliss Fat Girl The Love Handler to firm my waist and hips while I do my summer workouts to prep for the beach trips.
5. The Happiness Project Book
To keep me company while I tan!
These sandals definitely goes with anything.
7. You Had Me at Aloha Tote
A huge bag to dump everything I will need to hit the beach. It’s also easy to pack in my luggage since it’s soft and foldable.
This summer, I have a lot of beach trips planned for a little R&R with friends and a couple of beach weddings, too! I definitely need a tan so that's a top priority.
At times I feel like I need a bit more coverage, this one piece wonder has lines in all the right places.
2. Blue and White Bohemian Maxi
Light and airy in my favorite colors for a beach wedding or walking around an island to explore.
3. Straw Hat
To protect my hair and face from the scorching sun.
4. Renegade Folk Sandals
I like the thin leather straps and the colors go with anything.
5. Lapis Lazuli and Pearl Statement Earrings
When I have to look a bit more dressed up, I grab a pair of statement earrings. Works every time.
I'm layering them on for full boho effect.
I carry this around with me all the time. It's perfect for chapped lips, small cuts, bites and burns. Yes, I am prone to all that.
To build and maintain my gradual tan.
I like taking pictures and with so many weddings this summer, there are lots of memories to capture with friends I hardly see now.
10. Herbacin Set
My cousin who was a flight attendant introduced me to this cream and so far, I haven't found anything as moisturizing and velvety. It absorbs quickly and smells clean.
11. Bon Weekend Tote
It's roomy enough for everything I need and I like the thick leather straps. The design just makes me happy!
What are your essentials for a great summer?
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